International Ops 2019

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  • Pakistan airspace partially reopens

    Pakistan has extended its airspace restrictions through to Mar 29 at the earliest. Specific routes remain open for international flights to all the main airports, and for east-west overflights of the country.…

  • HLLL Tripoli FIR 2019 Operational Changes – Libya

    On 19th March 2019, the US FAA partially lifted its airspace ban on Libya. The new ruling means that US operators are now allowed to overfly the country at or above FL300.…

  • Venezuela: do not travel

    Amid an escalating crisis in Venezuela, on Mar 11, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced via Twitter that the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will be withdrawing all of its remaining diplomatic…

  • Stuck in Iran for over 2 months

    On Feb 23, the Norwegian B737 which had been stuck in Iran for two months after an in-flight diversion finally departed OISS/Shiraz, and landed back at Stockholm’s ESSA/Arlanda airport. The brand new Norwegian Boeing…

  • New NAT Contingency Procedures for 2019

    Starting 28th March 2019, there will be some changes to the contingency and weather deviation procedures on the NAT. ICAO has published a new NAT Ops Bulletin with all the details. Before, there…

  • Malaysia shuts down plans for ILS approach at Singapore’s Seletar Airport

    Update Jan 25: Malaysia have agreed to cancel the restricted airspace they imposed to the north of the airport, and in return Singapore will suspend the ILS procedures it had planned to implement.…

  • Indonesia is intercepting aircraft – outside their airspace

    If you are operating in the Singapore FIR, consider this carefully: you may be overflying Indonesia without knowing it. Indonesia will know though, and they want you to have an overflight permit. You…

  • Don’t alpaca your bags for Lima – tech stops forbidden!

    For 10 years SPJC/Lima’s Jorge Chavez airport has been desperately waiting for a promised US$1.5bn expansion. With the rapid growth in the airline industry in Peru over the past few years, it…

  • Istanbul Mega-Airport opening soon – but not for everyone

    In Short: The switch from LTBA/Istanbul Ataturk to LTFM/Istanbul New Airport has effectively been postponed until sometime in early March 2019 – although no official date has been given yet. LTFM “officially” opened on…

  • First look at NAT changes for 2019

    Starting 28th March 2019, a new trial will be implemented on the NAT called ASEPS (Advanced Surveillance Enhanced Procedural Separation) using ADS-B in the Shanwick, Gander and Santa Maria FIRs. Compliant aircraft…

  • Why, How and Where should you SLOP?

    In Short: Strategic Lateral Offset Procedures (SLOP) costs nothing and increases flight safety. If the airspace permits it, you should be “randomly” offsetting, especially across the North Atlantic. Left is for losers…

  • The Impact of Space-Based ADS-B on International Operations

    I can distinctly remember the build up to and roll out of GPS navigations systems. Like so many of us, I was excited to see this new technology integrated into my cockpit.…

  • Can you track your aircraft every 15 minutes?

    New ICAO requirements on aircraft tracking came into force on Nov 8. Large aircraft (over MTOW 45,500kg and with more than 19 seats) must now track their position every 15 minutes –…

  • Adios! That was our last International Bulletin (for non-members)

    Dear Reader! First, thanks for being part of this amazing group for the last year. We loved sharing our alerts, risks, dangers, and deviousness with you. It’s been a blast. As we’ve…

  • Seletar launches new terminal on Nov 19

    As WSSL/Seletar prepares to open its new $80 million terminal on Nov 19, the authorities have announced that WSSL is now a “schedules facilitated” airport. Don’t panic – at least, not yet.…

  • Buenos Aires airports closed to GA/BA during G20 summit

    The 2018 G20 Leaders meeting will be held in Buenos Aires on November 30 and December 1, 2018. GA/BA flights will be prohibited from operating to both SAEZ/Ministro Pistarini and SABE/Jorge Newbery – but also all…

  • How OpsGroup works – for questions

    I love how the hive-mind works. We have 5000 members, and so it shouldn’t be surprising, but it’s still awesome to see it in action. Yesterday, in slack, a member asked: Now,…

  • Canadian Ops Update

    Just a short update on a few things happening in Canada that you might have missed… Nationwide There has been a change in the Maximum Indicated Airspeeds for holding patterns to bring…

  • No change to Iran airspace warning despite new US sanctions

    The US reimposed sanctions against Iran on Nov 5. Despite this, so far there has been no change to the FAA guidance to US operators issued on 9th September 2018: flights to Iran…